The Shoebill , Balaeniceps rex, also known as Whalehead, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.
The adult bird is 115–150 cm (45–60 in) tall, 100–140 cm (40–55 in) long, 230–260 cm (91–125 in) across the wings and weighs 4 to 7 kg (8.8-15.5 lbs).
The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.